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  • At Socialtext, we had a similar problem with long test suite runs. The solution was to set up a system exclusively for running the test suite repeatedly. It'd check out various branches (including trunk), run the tests, and update Smolder. Smolder would email people watching the branch if tests failed.

    Since we did all our unstable dev on branches (back then), this meant that we saw test failures well before they got merged to trunk, and usually we saw them within an hour or two of the actual checkin, making

    • Running the whole test suite before committing the merge to trunk is a given. That's not the problem, the trade-off between time and stability is very easy.

      The problem we have is when we are too many people working on the same thing, in the same branch (generally one branch per feature).

      So if you check in, breaking something, it's not so bad if it only affects you. Even if you don't know about it until an hour later, you still know what you were doing you know it's up to you to fix it.

      The problem is when so